Jim Davidson hosts Tim Grover, Associate Professor of Geology at Castleton State College. Professor Grover describes the geologic history of the Rutland County area from 500 million years ago to a more recent time of two million years. He explains what happened during these early geologic times and the causes of the changes that took place. His presentation includes a discussion of the formation of the many minerals under the surface of the earth in Vermont. The mining potential in Vermont is... Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Geologic History of Rutland Vermont, Rutland,...
"History of Agriculture in Rutland". The Rutland Historical Society developed a multimedia presentation for its exhibit at the Vermont Historical Society Expo in keeping with the Expo theme of agriculture. This program is an adaptation of that presentation for "Historically Speaking". The presenter is Chuck Piotrowski and the host is Jim Davidson. Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Agriculture in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont,...
"Presidential Visits". Mary Fregosi of the Proctor Historical Society talks with host, Jim Davidson, about her recent Quarterly entitled "Three Presidential Visits To Proctor and Rutland in 1891-1902."The program includes some images and stories not found in the publication. Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, "Presidential Visits", Rutland, Vermont
"Civil War Exhibit". Robert Ranftle of the Rutland Historical Society Exhibit Committee reviews the Civil War Exhibit currently on display at the Society. Bob is also editor of the last two issues of the Societyâs Quarterly magazine which are devoted to Rutland and the Civil War. Jim Davidson hosts the program. Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Civil War Exhibit, Rutland, Vermont
"Family & History". Michael Messier, the guest on this episode, has spent the last few years exploring his own family genealogy on a global scale. What has developed is a new understanding of the French settlement in New France and its background in Europe. This early French history has had more impact on Vermont than many historians have acknowledged. Michael and his family are in the midst of this massive web of history. This exploration French history in America leads into... Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, "Family and History", Rutland, Vermont
"The Communication Revolution". Early communication was by the printed word whether by book, newspaper or correspondence. Then came the electronic devices: telegraph, telephone, radio and television. What happens to the email and cell phone business records of the future? Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Notes From The Past, Rutland, Vermont
Chuck Piotrowski presents some pieces from the collections of the Society that illustrate the wide range of material that the Society holds. These materials range from the 1880s until today and include many eras of Rutland baseball from paid professional and semiprofessional leagues to organizational and industrial leagues to high school and American Legion baseball. Rutland's rich baseball history begs development of a more complete history. Jim Davidson hosts the program. Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland Baseball History, Rutland, Vermont
"Settlement, Conflict and Government". The first episode discusses the 18th Century land controversy with New York and the credit problems of an economic system based on notes and accounts. The issues of home ownership and foreclosure threats and the credit impasse of the economy remind viewers that these issues have a close relationship to today's issues. Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Notes From The Past, Rutland, Vermont
Deborah Clifford, an independent scholar who has done a great deal of research on Julia Dorr's life and work, shares an illustrated overview of Julia's life. Deborah as been active with the Vermont Women's History movement and Julia Dorr has been a great example of a 19th Century Rutland woman who let her talents shine in Rutland and throughout the American literary scene. Jim Davidson hosts the program. Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, The Dorr Women, Rutland, Vermont
Tom Carpenter hosts this program in which Jim Davidson offers a brief history of the big bands that are to provide the music for this summer's big band dance program offered by the Society in cooperation with the Rutland Recreation Department. The program includes pictures of the bands and their leaders as well as short samples of their music. This summer the music of these 18 bands will be available for dancing and listening on Saturday nights at the Godnick Center. Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Big Band Music, Rutland, Vermont
"The Rutland Railway Association." Peter Fisk, Secretary of the Rutland Railway Association, was the guest of host Jim Davidson of the Rutland Historical Society. The Association houses a railway museum and a model railroad club which Peter describes in some detail. The program includes views from the 2012 Rutland Train Show and some details of the 2013 Train Show. Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, "Rutland Railway Association",...
Michael F. Dwyer hosts Mary Fregosi of Proctor in a program entitled "Practicing History". Mary recently retired from a long career in education but has kept busy researching and writing articles and books on local history. Michael converses with Mary about her historical projects which have engaged and enriched her retirement hours. Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Practicing History, Rutland, Vermont
Tom Carpenter hosts Michael F. Dwyer who offers a program on Franco-Canadian immigrants to the Rutland area. After a brief discussion of the change from French names to English names, Michael relates the periods and causes for Franco-Canadian immigration to Rutland. Anyone doing family research in French-Canadian families will find this program of immense aid. Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Franco-American Immigration, Rutland, Vermont
Jim Davidson hosts Anna Whooley for a discussion for her research on the Irish immigration experience in Ireland and America. A highlight of the program is Anna's ten-minute monologue presentation in costume of "The Plight of the Irish Mill Girl". Anna writes her own script and designs and makes her own costumes. Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Irish Immigration Experience, Rutland, Vermont
Megan Smith, executive director of "Dimensions of Marble", is the guest in this episode. The development of a marble trail along the marble valley of western Vermont is a prominent activity of this organization but not the sole activity. Other projects of the organization are discussed and the wide reach of the organization's goals and activities merit viewing by the general public. Jim Davidson hosts this presentation. Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Dimensions of Marble, Rutland, Vermont